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The taste of summer

By Heather 9 years ago

Now for those of you didn't follow my rambling instructions on how to make Elderflower Cordial on Podcast 186, here they are again:

What you need:
15 - 20 heads
3 pints water
1.5 kgs sugar
1 lemon, cut in half and juiced

Put your elderflower heads in a large clean bowl or bucket. Dissolve the sugar in boiling water and pour over the flower heads, squeeze in the lemon and throw the halves in as well.

Leave for 24 hours - strain, preferably through muslim (a sieve is not quite fine enough) and bottle. If you bottle it in plastic bottles you can freeze it for later, or you can keep it in the fridge for about a month - if it lasts that long!

I love it added to white wine and soda or lemonade, a sort of Elderflower White Wine Spritzer. But what I'd really like now is to try making some Elderflower Champagne.

Ummm, lovely!